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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 10/ 4/2008

Weather Service Open House Two Weeks Away

By Jason Samenow
The inside of the new National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Sterling, Va. It is over 10,000 square feet with a spacious forecast and warning operations area, offices for managers, and a large separate cubicle work area for forecasters. Courtesy NWS-Sterling

The week before last, the local National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in Sterling, Va. moved to new digs just down the road from its old location. The office was forced to re-locate due to the construction of a new runway at Dulles Airport only 200 yards from the old building and within the runway safety zone. The new facility, constructed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, will open its doors to the public the weekend of October 18 and 19, with a host of activities.

Keep reading for more on the NWS open house activities. For the weather outlook into next week, see our full forecast and check out UnitedCast for tonight's game.

These activities include:

  • Demonstrations for kids
  • Weather balloon launches every hour
  • NWS "Spotter" training classes
  • Office tours
  • Tours of a NOAA wind tunnel & environmental extreme chamber
  • Presentations from the office's meteorologists about careers in meteorology, forecasting, winter weather, tropical meteorology and severe weather, and more

The open house will also feature a new office dedication ceremony with government officials and leadership from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

More information about the open house is available on the NWS Web site where you can also RSVP to attend and register for spotter classes. You can read more about the new facility itself in NWS's "Sterling Reporter" newsletter.

By Jason Samenow  | October 4, 2008; 2:00 PM ET
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Change the caption - this event is two weeks away (unless there is a leap week I don't know about).

Posted by: Greg | October 4, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Being a spotter sounds kind of fun. Perhaps I'll sign up for the class...

Posted by: mcleaNed | October 4, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Greg -- wording has been corrected.

Posted by: Dan, Capital Weather Gang | October 4, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I may register for spotter classes. Hope I can make it out there.

Posted by: Havoc | October 5, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

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